US President Barack Obama has warned that America is becoming increasingly vulnerable to Russia because the American people are giving up on their values.
Bombarded with questions about Russia during his end-year news conference on Friday, Obama said he was worried about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s influence on the American public.
“They are a smaller country, they are a weaker country, their economy doesn’t produce anything that people want to buy except for oil and gas and arms. They don’t innovate. But they can impact us if we lose track of who we are,” Obama said.
“Mr. Putin can weaken us just like he’s trying to weaken Europe if we start buying into notions that it’s OK to intimidate the press or lock up dissidents or discriminate against people because of their faith or what they look like,” added the outgoing president.
“Our vulnerability to Russia or any other foreign power is directly related to how divided, partisan,…